DC Mayor and Top Citi Executive Support New Tournament Director,
Youngest Female Tournament Director on Both ATP and WTA Tours
Keely O’Brien has been elevated to Tournament Director of the Citi Open® Tennis Tournament — Washington, DC’s summer tennis tradition for 49 years.
O’Brien, 34, took the helm of one of the top 20 tennis tournaments in the world in March and is the youngest female tournament director on both the ATP World Tour and the WTA Tour.
“I am truly grateful for this opportunity, this Tournament has been a huge part of my life for over a decade,” said O’Brien. “I look forward to continuing to grow this event, which that has evolved into a must-see global sports destination that showcases the best of DC and benefits an incredible non-profit foundation for underserved children in our community.”
O’Brien currently serves as Vice President, Events for Lagardère Sports, and has gained experience in all facets of tournament promotion, planning and event operations during her tenure at the Washington tournament. She started in 2004 as an intern working in the press box with legendary announcer Charlie Brotman. She was hired as an Event Coordinator in 2005, moved into partnership marketing in 2006, and in 2010, she was promoted to Tournament Manager overseeing day-to-day operations and logistics. O’Brien has also been tasked with managing events outside of tennis, including college basketball, college football, golf, beach volleyball and charity galas.
“It brings me great pleasure to congratulate and support Keely O’Brien as the Tournament Director of the Citi Open Tennis Tournament,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Citi Open continues to be one of the leading sports events in the District, and under Keely’s leadership, I have no doubt that the Tournament will continue to be one of the District’s most exciting events that gives back to the community.”
“All of us at Citi congratulate Keely on this significant achievement,” said Dermot Boden, Chief Brand Officer, Citi. “Citi is proud to be the title sponsor of this historic men’s and women’s event, and Keely has been integral member of the Citi Open team and to our support for the local community through this amazing tournament. We look forward to once again shining a spotlight on the tremendous work of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation this summer.”
A New Jersey native, O’Brien is a graduate of Chatham High School in Chatham, N.J. She graduated from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, where she played on the Varsity Lacrosse team for four years. O’Brien is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, Sports Industry Management program, where she is currently in her fourth year teaching the Sports Event Planning & Facility Management course. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Celebrating its 49th edition this summer, the Citi Open will be held July 29 – August 6 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, benefiting underserved and low-income kids in the D.C. community through the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. The Citi Open Tennis Tournament is one of only 13 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. The tournament represents a WTA International event and having both ATP and WTA players provides fans the opportunity to watch simultaneous competitions of both world-class men’s and women’s tennis throughout the nine-day event. It is one of only five U.S. tournaments that include both men’s and women’s fields. Main draw matches of the tournament will be broadcast starting Monday, July 31, on Tennis Channel.